Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
3 minute read
30 Sep 2019
11:24 am

What you need to know about gout

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

The condition occurs more often in men, primarily because women tend to have lower uric acid levels.

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Gout is a type of arthritis that can affect anyone. The usual symptoms are sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, these attacks can lead to damage to your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause. An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is...